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1877 Liberty Dime Blank Reverse

 
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 Posted 03/07/2021  04:31 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Hurleygirl to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I can't find any info on this 1877 Seated Liberty dime! It is completely bank on one side. Not worn off, just blank! Does anyone have any info?

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 Posted 03/07/2021  04:50 am  Show Profile   Check Yokozuna's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Yokozuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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It may be that the reverse was sanded away and the coin continued to circulate. Can you tell us the weight of the coin? That would help determine if some of the metal has been removed.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  06:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numiscrat to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
With this one, you may never know, but back when that dime was circulating, there was a fad for making "love tokens," and Seated Liberty dime reverses were often smoothed flat for the subsequent engraving. Maybe yours was an abandoned effort at a love token, or maybe it was a love token that for predictable reasons, was defaced all over again to become an "unloved" token?

Like I said, it is impossible to know—could be something else entirely—but it is possible to come up with a historically plausible explanation. It is one of the few times where damaged/altered coins are interesting to me.

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03/07/2021 06:17 am
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 Posted 03/07/2021  08:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree, most likely deliberate damage.



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 Posted 03/07/2021  12:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Numistcrat's explanation is most plausible. The reverses of Seated coins were typically planed, leaving the dates intact. I can't help but wonder how many rare CC's (Carson City Minted coins) met this fate?
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 Posted 03/07/2021  4:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hurleygirl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes this coin is real thin. It only weighs 0.07 oz.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  6:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To be clear .... The subject coin did circulate for a time; this, as evidenced by the obverse wear. Then, the reverse design was planed down and smoothed by a machinist. This dime never made it to the engraver.

Here's an 1858 cent that experienced the same damage, afterwhich a guy named H. SHADES stamped his name and a number 6 .... thereby, likely creating a six cent token to give out in his business.




Many a coin has suffered similar indignities to serve someone's purpose.
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03/07/2021 9:28 pm
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